Gone With The Wind*

“Is that the toast coming up, already?” Mum says, sitting on the arm of the chair, peering into my sick bucket. 11.15 am.  Gone With The Wind Has been playing for forty five minutes or so.  Atlanta is burning.  Am on all fours in front of the television, vomiting into the mop bucket. “Yes,” I […]

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Breaking Bad*

Painventory: 1.  Itching all over chest, due to becoming allergic to one dressing after another. Ripped off this plastic one late on Friday night:    Nurse came to help me cover the steristrips with micropore:    Last night, became allergic to the micropore too.  A nurse helped me remove some of it, and replace it […]

Groomed For Murder*

“I’ve got a surprise for you,” I tell Seb when he calls today. “Oooohhhh what is it my lovely?” Seb says. “Not telling,” I say.  “It’s a good thing that am going to make for you.  If can pull it off, you’ll be impressed and…” “How exciting,” Seb says, sounding animated.  “What’s in it?” “Not […]

The Silence Of The Rain*

Seb has left, taking the sunshine with him. Now the sky is grey, with heavy rain. At the bus stop this morning, all the other girls were wearing tights and boots already. Am resisting winter clothes for as long as possible. Due to the hot flushes, I break out in sweat often. So, even as […]

The Burglar Who Counted The Spoons*

“Boxing was exhausting,” Seb says when he calls last night. “Those teenagers have so much energy and I’d eaten too much spaghetti before I set off and…” “So what weight division will you be in?” I say. “I suppose I’ll get leaner so I can be middleweight or…well – I don’t want to bulk up […]

Wicked Autumn*

“Hello lovely.  Am out with brother,” Seb’s message comes through at 2.44pm.  “Nice markets around so I’ll bring supper.  Any requests?” “Thank you,” I reply.  My darling Seb.  “Olives, bread and cheese please xxx.” Have been filming all day with Mum and am so exhausted that my mind has gone blank.  It’s already almost dark […]

Anonymous Rex*

“Hello?” I say, answering the flat phone at 9.32pm last night. “Hello my lovely,” Seb says.  “I’m sorry to phone so late.” “That’s alright my darling,” I say.  “It’s good to hear from you.  How is it going there?” Seb is in Wales with his Mum and Uncle.  His Grandma has just died. “Well, I’ve seen Granny,” […]

An Ice Cream War*

Sitting on bike at gym, staring out of the window at the unbroken blue sky.  Which is nice.  Wearing my fat-burning shorts so am hot: they work by making you sweat more.   Have unpacked most of suitcase.  Washed a load of clothes and so did brother so they are all squashed onto the airer. […]

Absent In The Spring*

The sky is an unbroken blue out of the gym window.  The televisions are broken so just had to watch the end of the Davis Cup doubles match on my phone.  And we lost.   Anyway: mustn’t grumble.  Is Spring weather out there: left coat at home and walked here in sweater, gloves and scarf. […]

A Kiss Before Dying

Things I love about Seb: 1. He’s always appreciative of any effort I make. He pronounced the Mexican Feast “wonderful”. 2. He’s easy to please – see above, and notices what I’m wearing etc. 3. He’s happy just to lie in the nest watching hours and hours of television. 4. He is completely beautiful – […]